Remembering First Nations artist Moses Beaver

For three weeks in February/March 2010, Moses Beaver stayed in Stratford and painted seven huge, beautiful murals with the students in Laurie Craig’s Indigenous studies class. They are hung on the walls in our cafeteria. He died this week in Thunder Bay. Read more here:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/moses-beaver-dies-1.3983986

Aleigha Ehgoetz was one of those students. She shared a link to the CBC story on social media and these memories: “Reading this makes me so sad. While [I was] in high school, Moses came to visit us during our indigenous studies class. He stayed for a few weeks and taught us how to make beautiful murals that we then displayed in the school. I loved hearing about his culture and watching him paint. It was amazing how each piece of art had a story behind it. He was so great to work with. I remember him being a kind and gentle soul. You could tell he really enjoyed what he did, and loved to teach others about it too. So heartbreaking to hear that his life was cut far too short due to mental illness.”

Photos from 2010 (courtesy of Laurie Craig):

Moses Beaver - March 2010 at Stratford Northwestern

Moses Beaver and students at Stratford Northwestern, March 2010

Moses Beaver - March 2010 at Stratford Northwestern

Moses Beaver – March 2010

Moses Beaver - March 2010 at Stratford Northwestern

Moses Beaver – March 2010

Moses Beaver - March 2010 at Stratford Northwestern

Moses Beaver artwork – March 2010 at Stratford Northwestern

Moses Beaver - March 2010 at Stratford Northwestern

Moses Beaver – March 2010

Photos in the gallery below were taken today in Stratford Northwestern’s cafeteria.

One thought on “Remembering First Nations artist Moses Beaver

  1. Melanie Huddart-Amik

    Thank you for this tribute. Moses found so much fulfillment in working with your students, to help increase awareness and an appreciation for Indigenous voices through artistic media.

    The world lost an incredible talent and cultural inspiration last week; I’m grateful for this acknowledgement from your school.

    Miigwetch. Walk in Peace.

    Melanie

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